Our Mission Statement:
The mission of Camp St. George is to present to young people a living experience of the Holy Orthodox Faith, in their relationship with God and other campers in an uncluttered, natural environment. To accomplish this we will seek to bring young people to:
- Awareness of self and fellow man
- A broadening of their Orthodox life
- A greater awareness of their religion
- Good sportsmanship
- Growth in personal relationships and personal responsibilities
- An Appreciation of nature and a concern for the environment.
Camp St. George was established in 2001 with the blessing of Metropolitan PHILIP, Primate of the Antiochian Orthodox Archdiocese of North America. As an outgrowth of the highly successful Antiochian Village Summer Camp, Camp St. George was established to give Midwest Orthodox youth of all jurisdictions the opportunity to experience the many blessings of summer camp.
Having the “mountain top experience” of camp and being part of a strong Orthodox community of peers at the end of the summer is an excellent way for youth to begin the new school year!
Camp Wapsie is the place Camp St. George calls “home.” Camp Wapsie is a YMCA American Camping Association accredited camp located just north of Cedar Rapids, Iowa. This beautiful camp is located on an oxbow lake off the Wapsipinicon River on 172 acres of woods and wetlands. The Camp Wapsie facility and staff are among the best to be found – and it even boasts one of the newest state-of-the-art zip line/climbing towers in the nation!
Our Camp Director is Fr. Fred Shaheen, Pastor of St. George Antiochian Orthodox Church in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Father Fred was ordained to the Holy Priesthood in 2004 after Studying at St. Vladimir Orthodox Theological Seminary from 1999-2002. During this time, Fr. Fred served at the Antiochian Village as a Counselor in 2000 and as the Administrative Assistant at the Antiochian Village in 2001.
Every year we have opportunities for faithful Orthodox Christian adults (young or simply young at heart!) to serve as counselors and program directors We also have Junior Counselor positions available for 17-18 year olds. Please send in your application or contact Fr. Fred for more information!